House Democrats And Trump White House Prepare For War Over Tax Returns

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Posted: Apr 03, 2019 6:35 PM
House Democrats And Trump White House Prepare For War Over Tax Returns

Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

President Trump’s tax returns have become the new obsession for the Left. Yes, they’re still on Russian collusion, which has been thoroughly debunked, as total garbage, but the president’s taxes are a solid runner-up in the frantic quest to find something impeachable. So, while Democrats fight over the release of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which erupted today on the Hill, they’re opening a second front: asking the IRS commissioner to hand over six years worth of personal tax returns including some of those connected to his business interests. The Trump White House is bound to fight this hardcore, so fix bayonets (via NYT):

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, using a little-known provision in the federal tax code, formally requested on Wednesday that the I.R.S. hand over six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns, starting what is likely to be a momentous fight with his administration.

Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts, hand-delivered a two-page letter laying out the request to Charles P. Rettig, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, ending months of speculation about when he would do so and almost certainly prompting a legal challenge from the Trump administration.

The move came as other panels controlled by House Democrats were flexing their muscles. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning authorized its chairman to use a subpoena to try to force the Justice Department to give Congress a full copy of the special counsel’s report and all of the underlying evidence used to reach his conclusions on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

And the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said that he would soon ask for a vote on a subpoena of his own to compel Mazars USA, an accounting firm tied to the president, to produce a decade’s worth of Mr. Trump’s financial records.

“They have told us that they will provide the information pretty much when they have a subpoena,” the chairman, Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, told reporters. “And we’ll get them a subpoena.”

We all knew the drill here. We all knew once the House Democrats would take over, the grand plan to find something to get the president on would be set into motion. It’s partially why they retook the House in the 2018 midterms. Fighting Trump was and remains the only objective for this Democratic caucus. Getting stuff done is not even on the radar and even if it was, their policy ideas are straight trash and not even worth considering. Case in point, does anyone who isn’t on heroin think that the Green New Deal is realistic in the slightest? It’s not. It’s pure left-wing idiocy at its finest and one that is guaranteed to destroy the country. We knew the fight over taxes was coming. Away from D.C., some states are passing laws barring candidates to appear on the 2020 ballot if they hadn’t released their tax returns. The 2020 season has begun, and this cycle is bound to be extraordinarily vicious. Bring it on.